23 May 2014

Intermission by Ashley Pullo

 Intermission: Three novelettes and one bonus short story from the cast of The Bridge Series.

THE INTERLUDE~“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
When the snarky Natalie LeGrange meets a handsome stranger on a train to New York City, her immature philosophy on life is suddenly challenged. A casual relationship quickly evolves into a beautiful friendship, but the ultimate sacrifice must be made in order for the other to follow the stars and dream.

THE INTERPRETATION ~ "Evian is naïve backwards." --Reality Bites
Chloe LeGrange lives impulsively in the moment... but what if she receives a glimpse into her future?
Join the dynamic heroine of The Ballad as she struggles with her present, yearns for the simplicity of her past and anticipates the inception of her future.

THE INTERMEZZO~ "Je ne regrette rien." --Edith Piaf
When Zach Parker returns to NYC on leave from Afghanistan, he only wants two things: Natalie LeGrange and Virgil's barbecue. Continuing the heartwarming story of The Interlude, Zach and Natalie prove that love is selfless and timeless.
Set against the charming backdrop of a Manhattan Christmas, Zach and Natalie will once again capture the essence of love, laughter and the power to dream.

THE MISINTERPRETATION~ When eighteen-year-old Adam Ford crashes a party in Toronto, a brief encounter with a beautiful girl interrupts his superior perception. Being wrong has never felt so right...

This isn’t a book so much as it’s an experience.  I loved “The Ballad”, so I expected a lot out of this series of novellas.  I was not disappointed at all.
This is the second book in the Bridge Series, and it’s a series of novellas involving characters that we met in the Ballad.  It deals with topics such as life moving on and leaving the familiar, getting your first job and moving out of your parent’s house, unexpected love and the impatience of waiting for your future to just get here already! It revisits old characters and introduces a new one…a really good new one.  Hotness, thy name is Zach Parker/
Honestly, the best part about this book is the characters.  The writing is so thorough and genius that you truly do experience things right along with the characters.  Their heartbreak, excitement, disappointment and confusion that each character experiences are so vivid, the reader is swept up into it.  I loved that.  Great storytelling and characterization.
I also really liked what I felt was the sentiment behind the whole book, which was not to forget where we came from and who we used to be.  Life changes you, experience shapes you, but once we were all falling in love for the first time, moving out on our own and saying goodbye to life-long friends.  To examine where all of these characters had been only served to understand them better all around. 
Overall this was a wonderful collection of novella.  Read the entire Bridge series, some of the best books I’ve read all year. 5 stars.
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